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Dry Needling and Back Pain

Dry Needling and Back Pain


Dry needling is a unique form of treatment that has been used by physiotherapists in recent years for the treatment for back pain. This form of treatment involves the use of filiform needles which are also commonly used in acupuncture. Unlike acupuncture which focuses on needling areas depending on the meridian body chart. Dry needling penetrates into the affected muscles in order to deactivate trigger points caused by muscle, myofascial and neural problems.

Trigger Points

There are a number of reasons why trigger points occur. Poor biomechanics and an increase in load being placed on the body can have adverse effects on the neurophysiological system. When muscles and tissues become tight and irritated they can cause trigger points to form. Dry needling helps to release toxic chemicals which build up in these trigger points.

Once your physiotherapist has identified the affect muscles and tissues, they insert the thin solid filiform needle into the trigger point. This simulates the neurological sensors in the body and elicits a twitch response. This twitch response or muscle cramp releases toxins and restores blood flow. This causes your muscle to relax. Your muscle may feel a slight pinprick and experience an ache or cramp, but the treatment itself is not painful. Depending on your treatment, the needles will be left in your skin for approximately 3-5 minutes.

Studies have shown that trigger points are one of the primary causes of back pain. Therefore, the use of it can have a huge impact on the lives of those suffering from back pain. If you have back pain, you should attended a number of treatment sessions. This is to  achieve longer term pain relief.

Benefits of Dry Needling

The benefits of dry needling are widely experienced by patients. It helps to relieve and reduce pain in the affected area. Dry needling also improves range of motion within patients. It speeds up the recovery process for individuals who have suffered an injury recently.

If you are suffering from back pain and are interested in dry needle therapy, our physiotherapists Aileen MaGuire and Niamh Wynne are both qualified dry needling practitioners. Your physiotherapist will identify the areas where you need treatment and give you a treatment program. Often, dry needling is accompanied with a range of other physiotherapy treatments such as massage and clinicial Pilates to ensure that you achieve optimal pain relief and recovery.

If you would like to know about dry needling treatment or would like to book an appointment, contact us here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic.

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